Research on Health Effects of Low-Level Ionizing Radiation Exposure: Opportunities for the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute


Report at a Glance

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The Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) is a Department of Defense (DoD) support agency established in 1961. AFRRI is focused on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of injuries from ionizing radiation exposure through research to better understand health effects. The institute also provides education to inform medical and emergency response to radiation exposure incidents. There is no other DoD-level organization with such a comprehensive and broad-scoped mission in radiological health and protection.

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, AFRRI’s parent organization, asked the IOM to summarize the state of scientific research about the health effects of exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation exposure, examine workforce projections and needs, and identify opportunities for AFRRI to contribute to the field.